Monday, December 18, 2017

Ölbeat 331 (BC17 #18): Chimay Bleue

Brewery: Chimay
Country: Belgium
Style: Belgian Strong Ale 
Abv: 9 %
What about the beer?
Colour is dark nut brown with a large natural white head. Aroma has apple jam, sweet caramel and spices. Taste begins with bittersweet dark fruits. Sweet prunes and bitter caramel take over with some yeasty tones. Towards the end caramel-chocolate malts get a bit over the sweet prune-raisin flavour. Aftertaste has fruity sweetness, smooth boozy bite and moderate caramel malty bitterness.

Rich and fruity strong Trappist Ale. Caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, sweet, bitter and even some yeast - complex but still by-the-book Belgian. In the best meaning of the word. Delicious stuff.


The bottle with a simple blue label looks modest. Too modest, as I found out. Behind the humble appearance there's a complex and outstanding beer. Looks fooled me in this case. 

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